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Subject of South Buffalo standoff identified

Authorities have identified the man involved in Sunday morning's police standoff in South Buffalo.

Martin Lachance, 35 of Duerstein Street, faces a slew of charges as a result of the standoff, which began as a domestic incident.

The female victim involved in the crime reported being held against her will for 12 hours, during which she says she was hit with a hammer, repeatedly punched, kicked, kneed and choked, according to police.

Authorities charged Lachance with second-degree assault, first-degree unlawful imprisonment, third-degree menacing, criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation, third- and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, second-degree harassment, and manufacture, transport, disposition or defacement of weapons.

Police were called to the man's home on the first block of Duerstein Street around 10 a.m. Sunday for a report of a man physically assaulting his girlfriend, according to police spokesman Michael J. DeGeorge. The man barricaded himself inside the home and was believed to have a gun, police said. Buffalo SWAT and the Hostage Management Team also responded.

The man surrendered to police around noon, and was taken by police to Erie County Medical Center for evaluation.

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